Monday, December 3, 2007

I Don't Need No Stinkin' Man

I got a christmas tree tonight. A seven footer. ALL BY MYSELF.
(This is the best picture out all 20 that I took. It's not easy to get a non-blurry shot of a lit tree.)

I carried that baby up to the register, I carried her to the car, I crammed her in the car, I got her in my apartment (in the torrential downpour, thank you very much), I put her in the stand, I held on to her with one hand while I twisted the little bolt thingies to hold her in place and I put the lights on her ALL BY MYSELF.

Men? Ha! I laugh at men!!
(Except when I lay down in bed at night and it's really cold and no one has warmed up my side.)

Ahem! Movin' on!

A brief tour of my decorated home.
These are the candy canes that mom made when I was seven years old. We had just moved to Texas and we didn't have a lot of money for fancy decorations. So mom bought a bunch of pipe cleaners and white beads and we made candy canes. If you knew my mother, you'd be impressed. Crafty she is not. She also made trees out of triangle foam and green pipe cleaners. I think she still has those.

This is my great grandma, Mabel.

These are the waxy, sticky things someone made (Candy?) back when I was a toddler. I have the small set, mom still has the big set. I also have pilgrims and turkeys for thanksgiving, rabbits and eggs for easter, a witch and ghosts for halloween and a Snoopy and Cookie Monster and some little birds. Actually, I don't remember what happened to Cookie Monster and the birds. I think Snoopy is still on the fridge at the folks.

My anti-christmas coasters and pretty new candle holders.

My Martha-Stewart-every-department-store decoration. So simple, so beautiful. I almost broke myself last year trying to find a damn vase to hold these balls. But finally! At Value Village! And I just noticed that the vase is not centered on the table. If I had any energy at all (and wasn't about to fall asleep) I would fix it, take another picture and post that one. But alas, I don't have it in me. Just know that it bugs me, too.

My glass snowman that I intend to fill with something red and green so he's got some substance.

And even my bathroom is festive.


gardengirl said...

Absolutely beautiful. You inspire me.

Mom said...

You are wonderful and I am so glad you're my daughter! Your apartment looks great.

Dee said...

I am so impressed! I could never have gotten that tree up by myself - and I'm NOT kidding! Tricia always used to amaze me at what she did by herself - she'll be able to relate to doing the Christmas tree. Your apartment looks very merry! Happy Holidays!

Mom said...

I forgot - Snoopy and the little chicks are still on my fridge, however, I think maybe we gave the cookie monster to either Katie or Trent. Can't remember who. And your babysitter made them - not Sue, the other one - uh, Judy someone (I think) - oh, Freeman (whom you probably don't even remember~!!)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Awesome candycanes, Mom!

Annette said...

Great find..! That seven footer Christmas tree is fabulous.